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As our Navy continues to evolve and remain the preeminent maritime force, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills will also remain a top priority. A significant percentage of Navy's jobs in the fleet are technical in nature, and we must continue to recruit and retain academically competitive, well-rounded diverse candidates with STEM aptitudes, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

The following are a number of STEM-focused affinity groups with which the Navy has ongoing collaboration. These groups provide individuals with a forum for idea exchange, professional development, training, mentoring and volunteer opportunities.

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES):  AISES is a national, nonprofit organization, which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technology arenas. The trained professionals then become technologically informed leaders within the Indian community. AISES' ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society. 


  • Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA): BDPA is a global member focused organization that serves the professional well-being of its stakeholders. BDPA remains committed to excellence and providing a wide spectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educational institutions and the community. The organization is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the IT industry.


  • Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA): For more than two decades, the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference has attracted top professionals and students from every part of the nation and every field of science, engineering, and technology. It provides opportunities to acquire and retain talent, to learn and network among the best and brightest technology minds in the country. Since 1986, the conference has served as an invaluable tool to recognize outstanding achievement of African-Americans in companies across America.  


  • Great Minds in STEM (GMIS): GMIS's mission is to enlighten our nation about the achievements of Hispanics in engineering, science, technology, and math; to motivate and educate more students to pursue careers in these fields; to increase the role the Hispanic community plays in maintaining America’s status as the world’s technology leader.


  • Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology (HESTEC) Project: HESTEC is organized by the University of Texas-Pan American in conjunction with the office of Congressman Rubén Hinojosa. HESTEC project objectives include emphasizing the importance of science literacy to young students, encouraging students to consider careers in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, and promoting higher education to all children and their parents. HESTEC is a year-round program that culminates in a weeklong event held on the UTPA campus. During this week, events are held for educators, students and parents that emphasize the importance of science literacy.


  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), consisting of more than 30,000 members, is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. NSBE strives to stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines, increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations, promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession and function as a representative body on issues and developments affecting the careers of Black Engineers.


  • National Women of Color (NWOC) in Technology: For more than twelve years, the National Women of Color Technology Awards has recognized the significant accomplishments of minority women in the digital world, and worked to attract and leverage talent in innovative, professional and technical positions.


    Patriots Technology Training Center (PTTC): “Empowering Students Through Technology” has been our mission for twelve years by increasing the number of students (5th to 12th grades) entering science, mathematics, engineering, and computer technology leading to college education and career paths in those interrelated fields.  Over the years we have partnered with some of the major technology, government and foundations to support our mission.


  • Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA): PNAA is a nonprofit professional organization whose objective is to uphold the image and preserve the cultural contributions of Filipinos and Filipino American Nurses in the New England area.  Its objectives are to promote and advance nursing education with focus on the learning needs of Filipino nurses, improve the quality of health care through the promotion of excellence in nursing practice and the nursing profession.


  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. The concept of Networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.


  • Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES): MAES was founded in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.   By projecting the positive image of its members and their accomplishments, MAES helps to improve the perception of Mexican Americans.  By providing a networking and nurturing environment, members are able to develop and hone their leadership, communication, management, and technical skills while improving the educational state of America.


  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE): SWE, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.


  • Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI): TAI is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII; introducing young people across the nation to the world of aviation and science through local and national programs such as Young Eagles and TAI youth programs; and providing annual scholarships and awards to deserving individuals, groups and corporations whose deeds lend support to TAI's goals.



    Women in Aviation International (WAI): WAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. WAI’s 7,000+ membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. WAI provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally.
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